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Machil fake encounter case verdict related to JK polls: Geelani

PTI 13 Nov 2014, 18:26:21 PM IST

Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani today said the life term to five army personnel in the Machil fake encounter case of 2010 was BJP's ploy to show its “soft face” ahead of the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

“This sentencing is related to the elections that are being held in the state. BJP is in fray and it is trying to show its soft face to the people of the state particularly to the people of the Kashmir Valley,” Geelani told PTI here.

The octogenarian separatist leader, however, expressed hope that such things would not have any effect on the people of Kashmir.

The Hurriyat hawk said there was “no justification” in welcoming the verdict as there were “thousands of such cases where justice has not been meted out yet”.

“This is not a single case. So many massacres have happened in the state and particularly in the Valley right from 1947. There are thousands of cases like this where justice has not been meted out,” he said.

Geelani said Jammu and Kashmir was “under the occupation of forces and until and unless the people of Kashmir were given Right to Self-Determination, there will be no justice,” he said.

“There is no need to welcome this verdict. There is no justification in welcoming this. We are suffering from top to down,” he said.